Dr. David S. Karr, Columbia College--Missouri

Dept. of History and Political Science

Columbia College
1001 Rogers St.
, Columbia, MO 65216

tel: 573.875.7598
email: dskarr@ccis.edu
my vita

Associate Professor of History
Chair, History, Philosophy and Political Science Dept.
  • Ph.D., Modern European History, Vanderbilt University (2002)
  • M.A., History, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1995)
  • B.A., History, B.A. British Literature, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1993)

Courses for Spring 2018 semester:

  • HIST 112: World History since 1500
  • HIST 336: Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HIST 494: Senior Seminar in History
Spring 2018 office hours: M-TH, 3:30 - 4:30; F, 3:30 - 4:00 pm and by appointment
I joined the faculty at Columbia College in the fall of 2007, and am responsible for a good many of the European history courses in the Day College.  I try to bring a mix of instructional methods to the classroom, including student-driven discussions of primary and secondary readings, art, and music from a given period, as well as lectures and other forms of presentation.  (More on teaching here.)  Below you'll find information about my teaching at Columbia College, and about my research interests.

Courses I teach

  • HIST 111, World History to 1500

  • HIST 112, World History since 1500

  • HIST/ANTH 319: History and Democracy in the Modern Middle East

  • HIST 329: Warfare, Witches, and the Outlines of Modern Life: Early Modern Europe, 1550-1700
  • HIST 334: The European Enlightenment

  • HIST 335: Nineteenth-Century Europe

  • HIST 336: Twentieth-Century Europe

  • HIST 337: Fascism in Europe, 1900-1945
  • HIST 358: The Making of Modern Britain

  • HIST 359: Rise and Fall of the British Empire

  • HIST/ANTH 339: History of Modern Africa
  • HIST 394: Modern Historiography: the West and the World

A bit more...

My wonderful wife is Dr. Tamara King, professor of history at Missouri Valley College. She specializes in the New Deal of the 1930s, but teaches a wide variety of courses.  We live in lovely Boonville, and enjoy bicycling, gardening, and hanging out with our dog and cats. Here are my three guilty pleasures.

General Columbia College links and resources

Columbia College Writing Center (see also the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue)

Stafford Library at CC

Ellis Library at MU (Columbia College students have borrowing privileges)

CC Webmail

CC Student Handbook (links to a pdf)

Scholarship Finder


Helpful history links

A Student's Guide to History (excellent resource!)

Yale Univ. Library's European History Research Guide

U Washington's excellent site for identifying European primary sources



   British Empire links

   General European history links

   H-Women's History links

   Radical history links



   British National Archives

   British Library

   British Museum

   English Record Offices on the Web

   International Slavery Museum (Liverpool)

   Library of Congress

   Museum of London

   Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

   Stafford Library at Columbia College

   Western Historical Manuscripts Collection

   University of Missouri-Ellis Library



   Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

   John Rocque's 1747 map of London

   David Rumsey Map Collection

   PaleoMap Project

   Historical Maps links



   Encyclopedia of the Revolutions of 1848

   William Blake Digital Text Archive

   Victorian Web

   Postcolonial Web

   Cybertext, Hyperspace, and Critical Theory

   Theater History sites

   Roger Illingworth (of Punch) cartoons

   The Artchive

   100 Years of British Film

   The village of Wharram Percy

   Voice of the Shuttle

   Yale Avalon Project

   Center for History and New Media


   Imaging the French Revolution (superb)

   History Cooperative


Middle East history sites

Select sites pertaining to Middle Eastern history

   Middle Eastern documents at the Yale Avalon Project

   Middle East and Islamic Studies site at Columbia University

   Middle East History websites, from University of Washington

   Middle East Studies links from Tennessee Tech

   Informed Comment


Middle East News Portals



   Arab net



   Gulf Times


   Jerusalem Post

   Jerusalem Times

   Middle East News Agency

   Middle East News & World Report

   Middle East News Maps

   Middle East Newsline

   MidEast News

   MidEast Web

   Sahafa Online

   World Press Review - Middle East


Professional Organizations

   American Historical Association

   North American Conference on British Studies

   American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

   North American Victorian Studies Association

   American Society for Theatre Research

   Phi Alpha Theta society



   BBC's "In Our Time" series

   Columbia Missourian

   International Herald Tribune

   New York Times

   BBC News

   BBC: On this day

   International newspapers

   Columbia PedNet

   Katy Trail

   Columbia's best radio
   What else is going on in Columbia?



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Research interests

By training, I'm a historian of modern Britain; my research focuses on the intersection of British political radicalism, theater, and collective memory in the late 18th- and early 19th centuries, the age of revolutions. I've published work on late 18th-century British political radicals such as playwright Thomas Holcroft, and with Professor James Epstein, I've also written on performance and "serious play" as styles of dissent among British Jacobins during the period of the French Revolution.  My most recent article appeared in the British journal Historical Research, and explored collective memory of the 1790s among a later generation of British reformers and Chartists.  Currently, I'm beginning a book-length biography of Holcroft.  I'm a member of the American Historical Association, the North American Conference on British Studies, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the World History Association.

Main publications

"‘The Embers of Expiring Sedition’: Maurice Margarot, the Scottish Martyrs Monument, and the Production of Radical Memory across the British South Pacific," Historical Research [U.K.] 86 (2013): 638-60.
"Playing at Revolution: British 'Jacobin' Performance," co-authored with James Epstein, Journal of Modern History, 79 (2007): 495-530.
"'Thoughts That Flash like Lightning: Thomas Holcroft, Radical Theater, and the Production of Meaning in 1790s London," Journal of British Studies 40 (2001): 324-56.


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A political cartoon from 1795

(click it for an explanation and another cartoon)

Sheridan, Fox, and Grey blast away at the King'd coach, Oct. 1795

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